BALI ISLAND (Indonesia). March 18
Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
25Trip End Apr 01, 2008
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We are greeted at the hotel with a bouquet of flowers, a tropical fruit basket and a kimono in the room, can not resist the temptation ponérnoslos at that time. The room was beautiful, decorated with a mosquito net that gave you the effect of sleeping in a princely bed. No missing details or additions and as a finishing touch with a terrace overlooking the sea. The first impression was good and we are right: I have never seen staff so friendly, efficient and helpful, the hotel was luxury all-inclusive. That day we devote to situate ourselves and rest in hammocks beside the clean pool.
The next day we made the trip around the island. Wayan Adi picked us up at 8 am, a native driver, who spoke perfect Spanish, an excellent, dependable, educated and nice person, we led us with his new Toyota 4x4 across the island and amazingly did not lead us to any commissioned shop
We started visiting a typical and authentic house in Batuan Balinese, with its inhabitants inside. Then we left to Batubulan to see a traditional dance called "Barog and Kriss", curiously they gave us the explanation of representation in a pamphlet in Spanish. It is a very colorful and with lots of musicians. We pass through the villages of Mas and Ubud, filled with jewelry shops and craftsmen of wood, experts in the haggling. From here we went to the Temple of the Holy Spring Water in Sebatu and make the rite of purification wet us with water,
Adi, who knows his land, took us to visit the typical village of Penglipuran recently cobbled streets restored by the state and bamboo forests for community use.
The main event was the ascension to Kintamani Volcano, but the insistence of vendors, not let us see the beauty of the place until we could quietly from the windows of the restaurant while we ate. We could see lie descended the titanic work of farmers to make rice farming in terraced pools on the slopes of the mountains.
From here we headed south of the island, Uluwatu, temple of the monkeys, where these creatures, having become expert thieves, steal all that glitters of distracted tourists. Then we discovered that, as everyone in the country are also working on commission: They steal the camera to the tourist, a native gives a banana to return the object, and the man returns to the tourist,and the tourist grateful gives a tip to the Balinese ,it is a chain perfect!
The temple insignificant, sits atop towering cliffs, here also perform a dance called Kekac, very similar to that we witnessed in the morning, so we decided to come back to the hotel, passing by a very curious place in Kuta, since There are five churches together as a show of religious tolerance: one Hindu, one Buddhist, a mosque, a Catholic and a Protestant church Come, menu of worship!
The next day we spent to rest and shop like millionaires, never better said, for the change of 110 Euros we got one and half million rupees. So to stretch this amount with the haggling that is part of their culture, you know that end with a third of what they want which is their real price.
With Adi explanations and what we found out, we concluded:
- That the Balinese are a very religious people, women spend their day making offerings to ward off demons, if they themselves can not make it. handle these specialized companies, the baskets you see everywhere, must contain flowers of various colors, meals and special moments even in a small animal like a chicken. We are witnessing in the same hotel, where employees, during a religious festival, had built a small altar and evening dresses in traditional costumes made an offering, it was real, it was not no tourist attraction.
- That contrary to the rest of the inhabitants of Indonesia, they are not Muslims , they areHindus very tolerant.
- That they are hard workers and live relatively well, and even if overpopulation thera is work for everyone, as they hardly use machinery, which only enriches the owner, but everything is done with much use of human hand, you had to see the amount of them with pick and shovel making a water pipe trench.
- And they are very kind and gentle, massage experts, who often give each other among family members or tourists paying a paltry amount: 60,000 rupees (5 euros) per hour. as we did in the Serene Touch Massage Center, JL.Pratame street, No 93, near hotel, you can choose between traditional massage, aromatic or feet, you just have to leave you pampered!, is a wonderful feeling.
The last day a setback kept us in suspense, I became ill with fever 39 degrees, which impacted me in my Meniere's disease. The problem was that there is a detector at the airport in Singapore, if you're over 40 degrees, they let you quarantined as prevention possible Avian Flu, but thank God, the fever is down and we could go to the airport. Imagine you, just isolated 40 days in the hospital!
You'll find more pictures and Bali Island Guide at this link. Use the Google translator top of the page: http://mundoporlibre.com/2008/07/isla-de-bali-indonesia-da-18-de-marzo.html